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Renewal, Rest, and Re-awakening my Creative Self

This will be my final post of 2017. I don’t know about you, but the year flew by for me.

In previous year-end posts, I’ve tried my best to reflect on what I’ve learned and provide some inspiring thoughts.

This year I have nothing to offer.

Instead, I want to share a few words received from a friend this morning. It was his Christmas wish to me as we were not exchanging cards this year.

“… may I wish you joy and all things nice, as you (hopefully) rest and recover from your intellectual, physical and emotional exertions this year and, above all, I hope that you will find some sense of renewal….”

I hope he doesn’t mind my sharing his kind and wise words. Despite that we live in different parts of the world, we’ve connected over the years on topics ranging from politics to poetry. He is after all, an author whom I greatly respect, and his thoughts mean a lot to me. Thank you, John for your friendship. ❤

One word in John’s message resonated with me — renewal.

On a biological level, our bodies’ cells are dying and being replaced all the time. The renewal of these cells restores our strength, and yet, it’s been some time since I thought of my life as requiring renewal.

Christmas and year-end festivities only highlight the non-stop nature of our lives. If we are lucky, it’s time with family and friends but in a pressure-cooker environment. Once it’s over, we breathe a sigh of relief, and it’s on to the next thing … it doesn’t stop unless something forces us to make a change or we decide to shift old patterns.

I like the idea of renewal.

For me, it’s not about changes to diet and exercise, two things I already take seriously. It’s not even about renewing my spiritual self. It’s about something much more basic.

Rest and sleep.

I never take naps. I tend to stay up late and often sleep only 5-6 hours nightly. This pattern is catching up with me. Moving forward, I endeavour to rest/sleep more so I can accomplish tasks with greater energy and vitality.

By resting more often and sleeping better, I also hope to renew the relationship with my creative self. I’ve not been thinking clearly, certainly not clearly enough to write consistently. Mental fatigue has set in and in order to re-awaken my tired brain, I’ll be spending less time on social media, (something I’ve already cut back on significantly this past year).

It will be past midnight and Christmas Eve by the time this blog post is made public, so I’ll close now to go to sleep and renew myself. 😉

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Christmas and the best for the coming year.

~eden

xox

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Eden’s Exchange talks to John Anstie (@PoetJanstie) #author #interview

I remember the exact moment when I met John. It was on twitter August 2011. I was having a conversation with another Englishman about the London riots, and John interjected and suggested I read his article on the matter.

I did.

The rest is history, really. We’ve been friends ever since, and have discussed numerous topics ranging from poetry to politics to music to the Royal Mail system. He’s helped me in a fundraiser for a fellow author, and he’s been a constant source of friendship.

For all these reasons, it’s my privilege to highlight John and his writing.

Please give a very warm welcome to poet/writer and consummate thinker, John Anstie. Continue reading

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Petrichor Rising – A NEW RELEASE of poems by @poetjanstie and others

Some of my favourite poets, including John Anstie, Jacqueline Dick, and Joe Hesch have collaborated with others as part of the Grass Roots Poetry Group and released a book a poetry.

The proceeds of this anthology are being donated to UNICEF in support of children in need.

I’ve just picked up my copy. Get yours now and connect to some wonderful poets and help a great cause too!

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Petrichor Rising

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Paperback | e-book PDF

Summary:

Petrichor Rising takes you on a journey that exposes you to the full spectrum of emotions, from barely concealed despair to hope, from love to sorrow, with a clear appreciation of nature’s value and humanity’s shortcomings. It rides a roller-coaster that moves you to consider many of life’s challenges from a different perspective, as all good poetry should. Haunting yet shocking, aching nostalgia and enchanting stories about dragons.

Optimism and hope tinged with shadows of doubt. Places never seen and humanity’s uncaring nature, prosodic social commentaries and observations of the minutest details of life. Mood, atmosphere and romance. Clever writing that brings you close to the edge of society, still capable of moving you and not pulling any punches. Poetry with a universal appeal covering subjects as varied as the loss of a cat or a harrowing account of the 7/7 London bombings, poetry that focuses on the roots of all that makes us respond to life and long for something better.

Connect to the Grass Roots Poetry Group on Twitter

Abigail Linnet Baker ~ @the_linnet
Peter Wilkin ~ @peterwilkin1
Louise Hastings ~ @LouiseJHastings
Shân Ellis-Williams ~ @Awdures
Quirina Roode-Gutzmer ~ @denfemte
Joe Hesch ~ @JAHesch
Jacqueline Dick ~ @fumanchucat
Marsha Berry ~ @marousia
John Anstie ~ @poetjanstie

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Introduction by Craig Morris ~ @grasscraig
Design by Anu ~ @anuwildantz

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